I have been meaning to post this photo for quite some time. I took this picture in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. For those of you who are not familiar with this particular area of the globe, Gettysburg is the site of an exceptionally important and historical event. In 1863, the American Civil War (North vs South) was in full swing; the, “Battle of Gettysburg” took place from July 1-3, 1863. This is when/where the history of the United States changed forever, as the Union Army (North) gained control over the Confederate Army (South), and consequently won the war two years later. Approximately 52,000 soldiers were killed or wounded over the 3-day barrage.
President Abraham Lincoln gave a famous speech which became known as, the “Gettysburg Address” on November 19, 1863 at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Here is a link if you would like to read it: http://www.gettysburg.com/bog/address.htm.
I must tell you the entire town of Gettysburg was battleground during those 3 overwhelming days in July, 1863. The above photo shows a cannon overlooking one of those battlefields. The feeling I had when I looked at the area in front of me was surreal. My mind was racing, as what I observed with my eyes felt calm, even serene. It almost felt wrong, if that makes sense, for what transpired on this very ground was anything but pastoral.
I would like to return to Gettysburg and do a lot more exploring. To say the least, the history of this hallowed ground is fascinating.